Paper Lotus Blossoms

I wanted small paper blossoms to decorate the bust I am making. I couldn’t find any tutorials, so I made up my own :]. These little flowers are based off lotus blossoms, but could also pass for water lilies. Feel free to make some—I’d love to see them if you do.

* Vellum—Inkjet or regular
* Permanent Glue Stick (or Gel Medium)
* Ivory/Yellow Paint
* Mini Brads
* Optional: Liquid Sculpey

* Pencil
* Ball Stylus (a dull needle would work too)
* Kneadable Eraser
* Scissors
* 1/8 Hole punch (or sharp needle to poke holes)
* Small Paintbrush

The Pattern

Fold sheet of vellum in half.

Using pattern and pencil, trace petal layers onto one of the outside halves of the vellum.

Glue the halves together using glue stick or gel medium. Push the layers together firmly avoiding air bubbles.

Using a ball stylus, ‘draw’ the petal layers into the vellum following the pencil lines you made (do this with the pencil side down—you do not want to emboss over the pencil lines). Add additional embossed ornamentation as desired. For the best results, place a layer of thin foam or a mouse pad under the vellum while you are embossing.

Once you have drawn the shapes in with your ball stylus, you can go back and erase the pencil lines using a kneadable eraser.

Cut the shapes out and punch holes in the centers.

Stack two or three different sized layers and secure them with a mini brad. (The pattern I used has four different sizes so that I can have more scale options)

Gently bend and shape petals upward to give them more dimension (it helps to make small cuts between the petals toward the centers).

Add a bit of paint to the exposed brad and surrounding area to form your flower center.

Optional Make your flower more durable by coating it with liquid sculpey and baking it for 20 minutes or so (follow manufacturer’s instructions). Or you could strengthen it by brushing on an outer coat of gel medium.

Making the Pattern To make the petal layer pattern, I found several round items of varying sizes (lids etc.) and traced the circles onto paper with a pencil. I marked each center for the circles and divided them into 6 equal parts drawing lines with the pencil. I used the lines as a guide for the centers of the petals. Once I had the petals drawn, I went over the pattern with a permanent marker and erased the pencil marks. The petals do not need to be perfect—they are organic shapes after all. But using this method, you could make any size flower with as many petal layers as you desire. I suppose you could just use a compass to make your circle patterns, but hunting for round things is part of the fun.